Hello my fellow bookworms, today marks the start of Nonfiction November 2019, a popular, yearly reading event, that celebrates and gets us discussing our non-fiction reading. The event is running across five weeks, with five topics, five hosts, and an Instagram photo challenge, too. For Week 1 (28th Oct. to 1st Nov.) we are being hosted by Julie @ Julz Reads and the topic is:
Your Year in Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
What was your favourite nonfiction read of the year?
There was no competition for my favourite non-fiction of 2019, having been written by one of my favourite historians, about one of my favourite classic authors, it has to be the biography, Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley. Which I thought was a new, refreshing look into this beloved author’s life, through the places and spaces that mattered to her; and all done in Worsley’s marvellously, colourful and enthusiastic style.
Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year?
By numbers there is a clear favourite topic in my non-fiction reading in 2019 and that is Faith/Christianity, as I have read an impressive five Christian non-fictions/memoirs through the year. This has been encouraged and supported by my church’s book club, which four of the books was for and the other was a recommendation for.
- The Story of Reality by Gregory Koukl **
- The Death of Western Christianity by Patrick Sookhdeo **
- Love Wins by Rob Bell **
- Undivided by Vicky Beeching **
- Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans ***
What nonfiction book have you recommended the most?
Although not the best non-fictions I have ever read, the books I keep finding myself recommending are Mark Black’s Very Short History series, because these clear, fast-paced and concise histories, are a great way for a beginner to a subject to learn quickly the main events and essential facts. Last year, I read all the instalments on American politicians, while this year, I have only read the D-Day instalment, so far. However being so short I could easily squeeze some more in before the end of the year.
What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?
By participating this year, I am hoping to put more of a spotlight on my non-fiction reading, as it is often overshadowed by my larger amount of fiction reading. And I am hoping to get some more inspiration and recommendations, as unconsciously my non-fiction reading has dropped this year. While my Christian non-fiction reading is going strong, my history non-fiction has dropped dramatically.
Now over to you: What has been your favourite non-fiction reads this year? Do you have any favourite topics? And if you are take part in Nonfiction November 2019 too, please link in your post in the comments, so I can come check it out.